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Medical journalism refers both to the process and the product of gathering information on medical topics and presenting it via the mass media or specialized media. This entry describes the scope of medical journalism, identifies needed skills, notes some issues that can arise, and briefly discusses the education of medical journalists.

Scope of Medical Journalism

Medical journalism can encompass a wide variety of topics, media, and genres. Among major topics of medical journalism are medical research findings, disease outbreaks and other public health concerns, healthful living, and health policy. Traditionally, medical journalism has consisted primarily of newspaper health reporting. Today, however, medical journalism appears in a wide range of media, including not only newspapers but also consumer magazines, specialized magazines for health professionals, radio, television, and Web ...

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